Wednesday 5 September 2018

Direct Primaries: Triumph of the People Written by Kolawole Salami

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The initial clamour for direct primaries in APC was never in the interest of the people of Osun State. It appears to have been driven by the determination of a small section of the APC not to allow the choice of the people.

First attempt that 'they are from Lagos' failed woefully as it some became clear that no other in APC has more love for the people of Osun than he does.

Then, as if working cordially with the governor in the interest of the state is a bad thing; they said 'he is the anointed of Gov Rauf Aregbesola'; but this also failed as the man of honesty and integrity continued to project his vision across the nooks and crannies of the state; after all if it was the case of being anointed as speculated, why would he be obliged to endear himself to the people of Osun.

Then came the sentiment of 'West lokan' but this one too failed. People knew too well that "ajobi o kan taa nu..." they also knew too well that a person's ability to govern effectively has no link to the sentiment of geo-political zone. Osun people realised that it's a cheap attempt towards avoiding a competency-driven contest.
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Then they started by suggesting direct primaries, in the ignorance that theirs alone is the grassroots. The indefatigable Leader took this in his best strides; he approached, and embraced it in the interest of the people and never disagreed. 

And now, for the first time, we the governed now have a say in electing the flag bearer. Money bags will no longer be the order of the APC primaries. Only a popular candidate who is dynamic and best equipped with ideas to move the state forward will emerge.

It is a beautiful morning for the politics of Osun State and Nigeria. Congratulations Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomole for 2012-2016 for this master stroke. My hope in a better Nigeria is re-kindled. No lover of Nigeria and democracy will disagree with the idea of giving real power to the people.

May the Best Man Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola win this coming Thursday.

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Kolawole Salami

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